Where the Heaven Are We

Swim Deep - Where the Heaven Are We
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2013 Ratings: #704 / 1035
User Score
Based on 26 ratings
2013 Ratings: #409
August 5, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
Chess Club, RCA / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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swim-deep.co.uk / Website
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The Line of Best Fit

Where The Heaven Are We ably showcases their innate knack for massive hooks – it’s a rock-solid debut with something for everyone.


This album is cherry-picked nostalgia with a shimmering polish; fit for the more-hip-than-thou connoisseurs and the eager radio consumer alike.


These are bass-heavy tunes layered with chiming, heavily effected guitars, synths, and light, dance-oriented drum beats, all of which eloquently frame Williams' yearning vocals and poetic lyrics.

The 405

Besides a few lyrical hiccups, Swim Deep are releasing the nostalgic, romantic, irritatingly catchy album they've always been capable of. 


While Where The Heaven Are We isn’t a perfect debut album, it’s a solid effort, and there’s enough talent on display to hint at even better things to come. 

The Fly

Although it doesn’t always hit the mark, Swim Deep’s debut proves more than capable of matching to the dizzying highs they write about.

No Ripcord

The lackadaisical, abstracted motif is a very accessible one, and the limbs that protrude from the records nucleus are more than worthy of note. Williams will have you hanging off his every word, whilst the tracks that aren’t suffocated by overdoses of synths are a pleasure to listen to.


The bigger problem is an overall lack of dynamism. The ramshackle energy and unpredictability of their live show has been sanded down into something more clinical and precise, and at points

Drowned in Sound

Squished into its 11-track-frame are a handful of songs that flatter the talents of anyone who’s young, bored and itching for adoration.

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Year End Lists

#31/The Fly
#50/The Line of Best Fit

Track List

  1. Intro
  2. Francisco
  3. King City
  4. Honey
  5. Colour Your Ways
  6. Make My Sun Shine
  7. The Sea
  8. Red Lips I Know
  9. Soul Trippin'
  10. Stray
  11. She Changes the Weather
  12. Crush (bonus track)
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Added on: July 29, 2013